No. 1 West Liberty 133, Concord 82
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. — Unbeaten and No. 1-ranked West Liberty rolled to its 18th consecutive win Saturday, burying Concord, 133-82, beneath an avalanche of 3-point field goals at the ASRC.
The Hilltoppers (18-0, 14-0) averaged nearly one 3-pointer a minute during the first half while racing to a 39-point lead at intermission and finished the afternoon hitting 25-of-46 shots from behind the 3-point arc in another blowout win against the Mountain Lions (8-8, 5-7).
No. 2 Bellarmine 79, Quincy 57
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 2 Bellarmine University men’s basketball team stormed out to a 22-1 lead in the first eight minutes of their contest on Saturday against Quincy University, and cruised to a 79-57 victory in front of 1,937 fans at Knights Hall.
Bellarmine built the early advantage off a flurry of three pointers by Braydon Hobbs, Justin Benedetti, and Jeremy Kendle. Luke Sprague added the exclamation point by connecting from long range on two consecutive possessions just before the 16 minute mark.
The game was a rematch of last year’s NCAA Division II Regional Semifinal, in which Quincy defeated Bellarmine 66-61 in Owensboro, Ky., and ended the Knights’ season.
No. 3 Augusta State 67, Columbus State 48
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Augusta State completed a sweep of its three-game homestand Saturday afternoon with a 67-48 Peach Belt Conference win against Columbus State in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
With the win, the third-ranked Jaguars extended their home winning streak to 41 games and their PBC home winning streak to 29 in a row. Prior to the game, the 2009-10 Jaguar squad was presented with its 2010 Elite Eight rings and three new banners were unveiled in the CFH rafters.
The victory lifted the Jags to 19-1 on the season and 9-1 in the league. The Cougars slipped to 8-10 and 4-5 in the conference. ASU matched the best start in school history through 20 games, originally set during the 1969-70 season. The 48 points allowed by the Jags marked a season low for an opponent in conference play.
Cal State Stanislaus 62, No. 4 Cal State Dominguez Hills 55
TURLOCK, Calif. — Fourth-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills saw its program-best 10-game win streak come to a screeching halt as host Cal State Stanislaus avenged an earlier season defeat in a huge 62-55 upset win over the Toros, knocking them back into a first place tie atop the CCAA. Senior Marcquintice Davis led the Toros with 14 points while junior Robert Willhite (pictured) added 11 including a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
The last time the Toros were on the wrong end of the score came on December 4, in a 59-49 loss at home to CS San Bernardino.
No. 5 Findlay 70, Ashland 58
ASHLAND, Ohio — Findlay ranked fifth in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll, defeated Ashland 70-58 on Saturday, January 29 in Ashland, Ohio. The win gives the Oilers a 17-1 record on the season with a 10-1 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The Oilers struggled out of the gate, but got hot from the three point line late in the first half as sophomore guard Aaron Robinson and junior guard Kyle Caiola both hit a pair of triples in the final three minutes of the period. Caiola’s last triple, as the first half buzzer sounded, gave the Oilers a 30-21 lead at the break.
Northwest Missouri State 75, No. 7 Fort Hays State 73
MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State pulled off a stunner in Hays on Saturday (Jan. 29), hitting a basket with 0.7 seconds remaining to break a tie and defeat the No. 7 Tigers 75-73. The Bearcats got revenge, after the Tigers defeated them in Maryville, Mo., earlier this year on a 3-point field goal in the final seconds to also break a tie. Fort Hays State is now 17-3 overall and 11-3 in the MIAA.
Dominique Jones hit a huge 3-point field goal with 20 seconds remaining to tie the score. The Bearcats held for the last shot and point guard DeShaun Cooper held for the last shot. As he drove into the lane, a swarm of Tigers converged on him, but he was barely able to get a pass away as he was hanging in the air. He found Jake Reinders, who hit a banker just a few feet from the basket to lift the Bearcats to the upset.
No. 8 Lincoln Memorial 85, Wingate 67
HARROGATE, TN — No. 8 Lincoln Memorial made yet another strong statement, as they beat the Bulldogs of Wingate 85-67 Saturday evening. With the win, LMU remains perfect at 10-0 in the South Atlantic Conference and 18-0 overall. Wingate falls to 10-8, 5-5 in the SAC.
The Railsplitters started out strong defensively when Justin Allen rejected the shot by WU’s Quan Alexander and sent it across the court. Both teams were cold offensively but by the fifteen minute mark Lincoln Memorial trailed Wingate 10-9. Darryl Garrett then knocked down a three-point basket to move the game back in Lincoln Memorial’s favor. The Railsplitters would never trail again in the game. With five minutes remaining in the half, LMU had established a 32-22 lead using their intensity on the defensive side and efficiency on the offensive end. The two teams would trade baskets until the end of the half, taking the Railsplitters to the locker room with a 43-33 advantage.
No. 9 Southern Indiana 93, Wisconsin-Parkside 81
EVANSVILLE, Ind. –- No. 9 Southern Indiana overcame a halftime deficit and flew past Wisconsin-Parkside, 93-81, at the Physical Activities Center. USI, which was 3-1 during the homestand, raises its record to 18-2 overall and 10-2 in the GLVC, while UW-Parkside falls to 7-13, 4-9 GLVC.
After trailing at the end of the first half, 37-36, the Screaming Eagles rallied past the Rangers in the opening minute of the second half and took command for the final 18 minutes. USI methodically pulled away from UW-Parkside, building a 15-point lead, 80-65, with 3:33 remaining. The 15-point advantage would be the largest lead of the contest for the Eagles.
No. 10 Central Oklahoma 94, East Central 56
EDMOND, Okla. — Tyler Phillips hit a pair of 3-pointers to lead a game-opening 20-2 run and No. 10-ranked Central Oklahoma annihilated East Central 94-56 Saturday night at Hamilton Field House in a Lone Star Conference North Division mismatch.
The Bronchos opened a big 18-point lead 11 minutes into the contest as UCO cruised to its ninth consecutive win –- and its 21st in a row at home –- in improving to 19-2 overall and 5-0 in the LSC North. The Tigers fell to 9-12 and 2-4.
No. 11 Missouri Southern 82, Southwest Baptist 72
JOPLIN, Mo. — No. 11 Missouri Southern shot 65 percent from the field in the second half and 59 percent overall as the Lions took out Southwest Baptist 82-72 in front of more than 2,700 fans at the Leggett & Platt Athletic center in Joplin.
No. 11 Southern (16-2, 12-2 MIAA) takes possession of first place in the MIAA as Fort Hays lost earlier in the day at home to Northwest Missouri.
The Lions were led in scoring by Jason Adams with 30 points and eight rebounds while both Skyler Bowlin and Keane Thomann had 14. Kevin Hinsey scored ten points off the bench, going 5-5 from the field in 13 minutes of play.
SBU (9-10, 6-7 MIAA) was led in scoring with 17 points from Jacob French, while Stephen Cotten scored 13 and Zach Kliene scored 11.
No. 12 Minnesota State 69, Upper Iowa 59
MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota State senior guard Marcus Hill turned in his second consecutive 20-plus point performance as he scored 22 points to guide 12th-ranked MSU to a 69-59 victory against Upper Iowa Saturday evening.
Hill’s offense helped MSU turn a 10-point deficit with 10:32 remaining into the win. Additionally, the Mavericks held Upper Iowa without a field goal for the final 5:28 of the contest to secure the win.
Angelo State 80, No. 13 Incarnate Word 71
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Incarnate Word had some dominant statistics Saturday night but the Cardinals could not overcome a deficit at the free throw line as they lost a road game at Angelo State by 80-71.
The loss dropped UIW to 15-3 on the year and 4-2 in the Lone Star Conference South Division. Angelo State improved to 8-10 and tied Incarnate Word in the South. Both teams trail Tarleton State which won at Texas A&M-Kingsville to get to 5-1 in the division.
No. 14 Central Washington 52, Alaska Anchorage 50
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Seniors Jamar Berry, Drew Harris, and Chris Sprinker combined to score 32 of Central Washington’s 52 points, helping them to a thrilling 52-50 victory over Alaska Anchorage on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
With the win, the 14th-ranked Wildcats (17-2, 10-1 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference) tie a GNAC record by winning their seventh straight conference road game and extend their lead in the conference standings to 1 1/2 games over UAA. The Seawolves fell to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in GNAC play.
Sprinker and Harris both scored 11 points in the contest, with all 11 of Harris’ tallies coming in the first half. Sprinker added nine of his counters in the final period. Berry was 4 of 10 from the field, scoring 10 points with a team-high three assists.
Ferris State 79, No. 15 Grand Valley State 72
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The first men’s game of the 131 Showdown between No. 15 Grand Valley State and Ferris State was all it was hyped up to be, as the Bulldogs outlasted GVSU in overtime by a 79-72 final score on Saturday night (Jan. 29). Ferris State tied the score just before the buzzer in regulation and the Bulldogs outscored Grand Valley State 12-5 in the extra session in a pivotal matchup of the top two teams in the GLIAC North Division. The game was tied 12 different times and there were 17 lead changes in this wild battle in front of 5,863 fans at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
With the loss, GVSU falls to 15-4 on the year and 10-2 in GLIAC play, while Ferris State improves to 14-5 overally and also 10-2 in the league. It was quite a back-and-forth contest, as the second half and overtime was quite an enjoyable 25 minutes of play. Getting to the final few minutes was exciting, but the end of the game was typical of this great rivalry.